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Written by Blue Cloud Studio
11 January 2016

Log Cabin Rates


The Wickersham Cabin

The Wickersham sleeps a maximum of two persons. Rates below are for two persons, with breakfast, net all tax included.

SeasonRateDetails
Spring Shoulder: April 15 - May 19 $250 per night max 2 persons
High Summer: May 20 – Sept. 15 $295 per night max 2 persons
Fall Shoulder: Sept. 16 – Oct. 1 $250 per night max 2 persons
Winter: Oct. 2 - April 14 Please contact us. max 2 persons

The Argonaut Cabin

The Argonaut sleeps a maximum of three adults, or two adults and two youths. Rates below are for two persons, with breakfast, net all tax included.

SeasonRateDetails
Spring Shoulder: April 15 - May 19 $250 per night max 2 persons
High Summer: May 20 – Sept. 15 $295 per night max 2 persons
Fall Shoulder: Sept. 16 – Oct. 1 $250 per night max 2 persons
Winter: Oct. 2 - April 14 Please contact us. max 2 persons

The Alvin Cabin

The Alvin cabin sleeps a maximum of three adults, or two adults and two youths. The price for three persons is $290; for four, $300. Rates below are for two persons, with breakfast, net all tax included.

SeasonRateDetails
Spring Shoulder: April 15 - May 19 $200 per night max 4 persons
High Summer: May 20 – Sept. 15 $250 per night max 4 persons
Fall Shoulder: Sept. 16 – Oct. 1 $200 per night max 4 persons
Winter: Oct. 2 - April 14 Please contact us. max 4 persons

Vox Clamantis Cabin

This cabin is limited to three adults, or two adults and two youths. For three persons, the price is $290; for four, $300. Rates below are for two persons, with breakfast, net all tax included.

SeasonRateDetails
Spring Shoulder: April 15 - May 19 $200 per night max 4 persons
High Summer: May 20 – Sept. 15 $250 per night max 4 persons
Fall Shoulder: Sept. 16 – Oct. 1 $200 per night max 4 persons
Winter: Oct. 2 - April 14 Please contact us. max 4 persons

 

Tent-Cabin Rates


The Timberline Tent-Cabin

The Timberline can sleep a maximum of 2 persons. Rates below are for two persons, with breakfast, net all tax included. The rate for one person is $160.

SeasonRateDetails
Summer Only, June 5 - Sept. 5 $195 per night max 2 persons

O.Nerka Tent-Cabin

The O.Nerka tent can sleep a maximum of 3 persons. Rates below are for two persons, including breakfast, net all tax included. The rate for three persons is $235. The rate for one person is $160.

SeasonRateDetails
Summer Only, June 5 - Sept. 5 $195 per night max 3 persons

 

Cottage Rates


Isabel's Cottage

Isabel's Cottage is our long-term rental home and is exclusively reserved for one week or longer. No complimentary breakfast is included. Summer rates for the cottage, for one to four persons are:

  • $2,000 per week

Available during Summer Season: May 20 – Sept. 15. No shoulder or winter season availability. $25 extra per person-night beyond 4 persons; 6 person maximum. (The futon in the living room is suitable for two children, but three couples traveling together may wish to consider renting the cottage and one additional cabin.)

Last Updated on Friday, 11 November 2016 18:27

Reservation Policies

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11 December 2013

Deposit

An advance deposit of two nights’ fare per cabin (one night’s fare if guest staying only one night), will guarantee your reservation. This may be paid by Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Balance for additional nights is due upon arrival.

Cancellation Policy

If your travel plans alter, you must inform us prior to three weeks before your scheduled arrival date. For individuals (two cabins or fewer), we will refund your deposit minus a $25 per cabin per night charge. For larger groups (three cabins or more), one cabin’s fare per night will be deducted from the refund. (For groups booking the entire property, please contact us for your specific cancellation policy.) Cancellations of 21 days or less, including early departures: full fare is charged under all circumstances.

Making a reservation implies you agree with the cancellation policy.

We are a very small operation in a very remote area trying to make a living in a very short season, therefore this cancellation policy must be strictly enforced. Please do not ask for special exceptions. We hope your trip to Alaska is without any untoward event, but we cannot be responsible for weird weather, war between Upper Slobbovia and Lower Durkadurkistan, road conditions, Uncle Albert's atherosclerosis, your anorak arriving in Angola rather than Anchorage, or a Mt. McKinley Flyover Fouled Up By Fog (Again).

You have a lot of money tied up in your trip to Alaska. We definitely recommend trip insurance!

Reservation Changes

Changes in the dates of your reservation can be made without a fee prior to 30 days before your original scheduled arrival date, subject to availability. If within 30 days of arrival, a $25 fee will be assessed. If a change is made one week before your original scheduled arrival date, a $50 fee will be assessed.

Check-in and Check-Out

Check-in is from 4 to 8 pm.

Check-out is 10 am.

We are a very busy homestead and cannot accommodate early check-ins before 4. We need time every day after cleaning cabins to tend to our grounds, flowers, greenhouse, and other projects to keep our property looking ship-shape and exceptional for you. Please call and let us know if you will be arriving late: we are a small operation and cannot staff a night desk.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 January 2016 18:06

FAQ & IFAQ

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Written by Blue Cloud Studio
02 April 2013

Have a question?  There is probably an answer in our frequently and infrequently asked questions below.

  • Where are you located? How close are you to Denali National Park?

    The minuscule settlement of Paxson is located at the junction of the Richardson and Denali Highways (AK Rtes 4 & 8). We have driveways on both roads; each approximately 250 yards from the junction. From the north along the Richardson, Paxson is approximately 185 miles from Fairbanks and 80 miles from Delta Junction. From the south (Glenn and Richardson Highways), Paxson is approximately 300 miles from Anchorage, 80 miles from Glennallen, and 185 miles from Valdez. From the west, we are 165 miles from the Denali Park entrance via the Parks and Denali Highways. We suggest you allot between 5-6 hours from the Park whether you choose to drive the Denali Highway or the longer route through Fairbanks.

    Some online map search engines place us 20 miles in on the Denali: do not trust these maps!

    We are located at mile 185.6 on the Richardson Highway and at mile 0.2 on the Denali Highway, very close to the junction of these roads.

  • Can we drive the Denali Highway? What shape is it in?

    The Denali Highway, closed during the winter, re-opens for vehicular traffic around the beginning or middle of May, and closes sometime in mid-October. Please contact us or visit the Alaska Department of Transportation's website to determine current status. The highway is paved for the first 21 miles, starting in Paxson. For those who choose to heed the wishes of certain rental agencies about not driving any of Alaska's unpaved roads, this means that from our location it is still possible to stay on the asphalt and enjoy some of the most magnificent vistas Alaska has to offer. Beyond mile 21 the Denali Highway is gravel surfaced. This does not mean a dirt road so in most years navigating it in any automobile presents no problem whatsoever, as long as you drive conscientiously and maintain the posted speed limits. Traffic is light; you will encounter no trucks and there are services at regular intervals.

  • Your name is "Highway Cabins". Are we going to be hearing traffic?

    Denali "Highway" is a misnomer. This wilderness access is legendary for its lack of traffic - a few dozen vehicles at its summer peak. Furthermore, the cabins are located well away from the road - the wonderful sound of the Gulkana River is all you will be hearing. We also have a driveway on the Richardson Highway, but even for it "Highway" is an inappropriate name for such a sleepy route: more apt would be Richardson Country Road Number Four.

  • Do the cabins have electricity?

    The cabins are fully electrified, but we do ask guests to be conscientious about electrical usage on an off-grid, solar-powered property.  Our cabins do not have microwaves, refrigerators, hair-dryers, electrical towel warming racks and so on, as an off-grid property cannot support so many of these heavy electrical users.  

    Please see our Sustainability page for more information.

  • Do the cabins have bathrooms and indoor plumbing?

    At Denali Highway Cabins, ALL of our cabins have fully plumbed, fully functional bathrooms - the kind you're used to.

    The reason we mention this is that life is different in the interior of Alaska. With our tough weather and equally tough soils, many features that are taken for granted elsewhere are either luxuries here or non-existent. For example, in this part of Alaska most permanent homes and many guest accommodations do not have flush toilets or any indoor plumbing and most residents prefer it this way. Plumbing and minus 50 degree temperatures are not a good marriage. In fact, if a lodging does not prominently state that it has such facilities, we guarantee you they do not. It's a fact of Alaskan life.

  • Are there cooking facilities in the cabins? Refrigerators?

    We provide access to propane grills, which are available to our guests free of charge. Isabel's Cottage is the only accommodation with a full kitchen. For the majority of guests' food items, refrigerators are not necessary. Our nighttime temps are always quite cool, even in mid-summer, so leaving food in your car is more than sufficient. We have styrofoam coolers available for any who desire. A small communal guest frig and microwave also are available in our Great Room.

  • What's the weather going to be like?

    Weather is a great variable here in Alaska. We could get six inches of snow on June 23 (as we did in 2006), or it could be sunny and inching towards 80 degrees. Rain is always a possibility. 

    Paxson sits at 2750’ elevation which for many guests will be the highest elevation lodging they experience on their Alaska trip. (Most Denali Park lodging is at 2500’.) From late May through the end of August, sunny weather can bring high temps into the 70s and 80s, whereas on rainy, overcast days the high may not leave the lower 40s. Highs in the 60s are the norm. Once mid-September arrives snow can be expected any time. And the winter? Generally, daytime highs are from -30 to 0, with lows frequently dropping to the -50s, and occasionally even colder.

    Be mentally prepared for whatever the weather may bring.  Sometimes the temperatures in the summer will be hotter than in your home state,  but it is not wise to travel with the notion that “summer” means “warm”, for here in Alaska temperatures generally are cooler than you are accustomed to. A good rule of thumb for North Americans and Europeans is to consider our July as similar to your October (for Arizonans: think “December”!). We suggest you pack a warm sweater and coat, a rain jacket (rain pants too, if you plan on lots of hiking), but also bring shorts and a sun hat. Alaska is always beautiful: whether the sun is warming the wildflowers and berries, or the mountains are shrouded in a cool, cloudy mist.

  • Is there a restaurant or grocery store nearby?

    There are a couple of eating places in the Paxson area, as well as a number of other restaurants on the roadways depending on what direction you will be driving to reach us. We are happy to offer specific suggestions when you are making your reservation. There are supermarkets in the Anchorage area and Fairbanks; there are grocery stores in Glennallen and Delta Junction. We have a small food emporium with sundry food items, like our homemade chocolate treats and baked goods, organic sodas, milk, juices, fresh eggs from our chickens, and other delectables.


  • What about internet, TV and cell service?

    Cell service for most major carriers is excellent in the immediate Paxson area. Coverage on the Denali Highway is mostly non-existent; service on the Richardson Highway is generally good.

    We have no television service in our cabins.

    We currently have a slow satellite internet connection here with limited availability for guests with their own wireless devices. We are hoping to upgrade to a faster service the summer of 2016, which may disrupt the availability of internet access during your stay with us. If internet access is of prime importance to you, please ask us what the current status is.  Things get done slowly in Paxson and we are not in the vanguard of the technologically competent.

  • What is your cancellation policy?

    Cancellations must be made before three weeks prior to scheduled arrival date. For individuals (two cabins or fewer), we will refund your deposit minus a $25 per cabin per night charge. For groups (three cabins or more),  one cabin's fare will be deducted from the refund. We strongly recommend travelers consider trip insurance when making travel plans.

  • Is there a gas station nearby?

    Because of the remoteness of the Paxson area, the availability of gas is not always guaranteed, despite what you may read in guidebooks. We highly recommend that visitors fill their tanks in Glennallen, Delta Junction or Cantwell before traveling to Paxson.

  • What are the check-in and check-out times?

    Check-in is from 4 to 8 pm. If you will be arriving late, please call and let us know. Cell phone service is widely available in Alaska.  Check-out is before 10 am, please.

  • Will we see the northern lights?

    Solar out-gassing, which throw off the particles that cause the ionization of the upper atmosphere bringing upon the aurora, can occur at any time of the year. In order for us to see this display, however, our skies must be reasonably dark. We have seen northern lights displays as early as the second week of August and as late as the last week of April. In the intervening months you should plan to enjoy our wonderful long days - interminable in the weeks surrounding summer solstice, June 20-21.

  • Do you have RV sites?

    We do not have RV dump sites or electrical hook-ups, but cabin guests may have accompanying RVs camp for a $10 fee. There is a dump station 11 miles to our south.

  • How bad are the mosquitoes?

    We try not to badmouth the mosquitoes too much. Without the abundant mosquito population, we wouldn't have our fantastic migratory birds visiting us in the summer months. The tundra and boreal forest would be a much quieter place without all the birdsong. Migratory birds nest here in Alaska primarily because of this insect smorgasbord. Also, we have very few bees in Alaska; virtually all our wildflowers are pollinated by mosquitoes. They are a fact of life here, and you must be prepared for them. Bring some DEET repellant. Some mosquito repellant clothing (such as Buzz-Off), and a head net, can be useful if you rank as Extra-Tasty to them and plan to spend a lot of time outdoors. The mosquito hatch times vary, and it is impossible to time your visit to not coincide with it. You may see not a single mosquito on your trip, or you may see many. Just be prepared.

  • Where are public restrooms located?

    It is considered ill-mannered to ask to use a gas station's or roadhouse's restroom here in Alaska if you are not a paying customer. There are a number of public facilities located along the Richardson and Denali Highways. The one closest to this junction is four miles north on the Richardson; please see The Milepost for exact locations of others.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 17:49

Contact

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02 April 2013

Denali Highway Cabins & Paxson Alpine Tours
HC02 Box 7292
Paxson (Gakona), Alaska 99586-9205

907-987-0977

Please note: Telephone communications in Paxson are notoriously unreliable. If you cannot reach us properly on the phone, please send us an email or fill out our reservation form on the website, and we will be in touch with you shortly. We do apologize for any inconvenience.

Office hours: 7 am to 7 pm Alaska time

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We have two driveways. One is at Mile 0.2 on the Denali Highway, adjacent to the Gulkana River bridge. The Richardson Highway driveway is some 250 yds/m north of the junction with the Denali Highway, and just south of the Department of Transportation facility, at mile 185.6.

Techno geeks take warning: GPS units can work unreliably on Alaska’s roads and we urge you not to rely on them but rather take advantage of a real physical map.

More information on driving distances to Paxson can be found on our FAQ page.

For reservations and information, office hours are: 7 am to 7 pm Alaska time, seven days a week.

Please note: The phone system in Paxson is unreliable. If we do not answer, please leave a message on our voicemail, or better yet send an email, and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:35

Sustainability

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02 April 2013

One of the features of life in Paxson is that, given the length of time modern man has been in the area, the region remains one of the least-impacted stretches of road-accessible portions of this planet. There never has been any agriculture here, nor forestry, nor appreciable industry. Our air, soil and water remain for the most part as pristine as they have been forever; our night skies are free from light pollution; our airspace is off commercial traffic routes. There is no freeway or railroad track for hundreds of miles - no distant sounds.  The waters flowing in our streams and Gulkana River pass through lands that have been unaffected by human presence forever, for all intents and purposes. Our roads are not salted nor are their margins sprayed with herbicides, so we haven't those potential sources of contaminants to affect us.

On a smaller scale, we do our own part to minimize our impact on the local environment. We use low-impact, biodegradable soaps and detergents in all our cleaning activities. We heat our water with clean-burning propane, and all our water heaters are ultra-high efficiency tankless heaters. Our communal rooms and our own house are heated with fire-killed wood and burned in woodstoves equipped with catalytic convertors to maximize heat output and minimize effluents. Our home does possess an oil-fired burner but it rarely turns on unless we are absent from the house for more than two days.

Our greatest efforts, however, have been concentrated in our electricity production.  We have spent enough decades in remote Alaska to know well the terrible inefficiencies and pollution profiles that small-scale diesel-burning generators possess, and when the combination of crushing price, unacceptable reliability and poor quality of the electricity provided forced us to remove ourselves from the minuscule downtown Paxson grid, we did so by emplacing one of the larger privately-owned solar electric systems in Alaska.  Our photovoltaic panels stand on various sites throughout our compound, and our long summer days provide this system with enough power to enable us to run our lives and our accommodations business in a manner that all our visitors find essentially identical in fashion to life in a grid-tied system.  An oversized bank of storage batteries smooths our production and consumption profiles so that clean, highest-quality electricity is available 24 hours of every day; the backup generator that we do maintain almost never has to be made use of unless we have a period of two or more days of non-stop rain.  We do implore our guests to work within the spirit of conservation and to be conscientious of their use of electricity, as we ourselves are.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 16:43

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Denali Highway Cabins & Tours
HC02 Box 7292
Paxson (Gakona), Alaska 99586-9205

907-987-0977
Office hours: 7 am to 7 pm Alaska time

Please note: Telephone service in Paxson is notoriously unreliable. If you are unable to properly reach us by phone, please send us an email or fill out our reservation form online, and we will be in touch with you shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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